Swimming Dominates Valparaiso

Anne Jacobsen
Anne Jacobsen

Jan. 26, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – With their second competition in as many days, the UIC men’s and women’s swimming teams were able to come up with a pair of wins against Valparaiso on Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center pool.  The men defeated the Crusaders in a 119-86 final, as the women took a 126-76 decision.

"Overall, we are pleased with how the team is progressing in the championship portion of the season," head coach Paul Moniak said.  "We are still making a few mistakes, but we are confident we fix them in the next few weeks.  Next up is Horizon League perennial power Cleveland State."

Rodolfo Zuniga, Sean Mayfield, Kei Ishimaru, Joel Demuth, Sebastian Ostrowski and Christian Grobe captured first-place finishes for the men’s team (6-3, 3-1 HL), while Mike Reed, Ryota Kuwahara and Richard Gomez came in second behind Valparaiso.

Zuniga took the 1650 free in 16:32.53, Mayfield bested his opponents in the 50 free with 21.97 and Ishimaru came away with the 200 IM in 1:57.92, a season-best time.  Demuth controlled the 100 free with a time of 47.47, Ostrowski finished the 100 back in 51.79, with John Mordach coming in second at 55.36, and Grobe stole the 100 breast in 1:00.03.

As the Crusaders were able to come up with a few wins of their own, Reed, Kuwahara and Gomez all took close seconds.  Reed ended the 200 free in a season-best 1:47.76, Kuwahara led the Flames in the 100 fly with 53.37 and Gomez swam a 4:57.90 in the 500 free.

Best times also came in the relays, with Ostrowski, Conor Ozog, Ishimaru and Reed taking the 200 medley with 1:36.34 and Vince Errichiello, Mayfield, Ostrowski and Sean McClernon leading the 200 free with 1:27.72.

The women’s team (7-2, 4-1 HL) produced the best times in all 13 events, while Katherine Hare, Anne Jacobsen, Veronica Gibson, Monica Pinkus, Emily Gniatczyk, Kelsey Millin, Melanie Waszak and Danel Voorhees took first-place nods.

Hare’s time of 1:58.45 in the 200 free was a season best, while she took second in the 100 free with 54.42.  Jacobsen also had a best on the season in the 500 free with 5:20.07, as Gibson improved her time in the 1650 free with 17:46.29.

Pinkus produced a time of 24.61 in the 50 free, just ahead of Gniatczyk at 24.62.  Gniatczyk later had a first of her own in the 100 free with 53.08, while Millin captured the 200 IM with 2:15.60.  Waszak brought in a time of 58.09 in the 100 fly, with Voorhees taking the 100 back with 1:02.73.

The 200 medley relay team of Jacobsen, Andrea Longlade, Waszak and Hare won the first event of the meet with a time of 1:51.94, as Pinkus, Jacobsen, Devon O’Neil and Waszak had the best time in the 200 free relay with 1:39.55.

The Flames return home for their final regular-season meet next Saturday, Feb. 2, as they host Cleveland State on Senior Day at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Flames Natatorium.